• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. End your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland; picnic lunch included.


  • Full-day tour from Auckland to two of New Zealand’s most magical sites
  • Take a boat ride to the glowworm grotto to see thousands of glowworms twinkling in the darkness
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set, where parts of The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed
  • Have you photo taken in front of a hobbit hole!

What You Can Expect

Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

After hotel pickup in Auckland, enjoy a morning snack on board the luxury coach during a scenic drive through the North Island’s rolling hills and lush farmland. Listen to your guide’s commentary as you travel through the Waikato and King Country regions, and learn of the colonial history between British settlers and the Maori in Rangariri.

Upon arrival in Waitomo, you’re taken to the noteworthy Waitomo Caves for a guided tour. Descend underground into the limestone caverns to view stunning stalactites formed over centuries. Drift along the Waitomo River during a short boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, where a breathtaking display of tiny illuminated lights glow in the darkness. Discover the mystery behind the luminescence of thousands of glowworms before enjoying a provided picnic lunch.  

Your day trip continues across the Kaimai Ranges toward Rotorua and onward to Matamata, where you’ll visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, a working sheep farm and significant filming location for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series, all of which were filmed throughout New Zealand. Discover how the site was transformed into JRR Tolkien’s The Shire — home of Bilbo Baggins and his fellow hobbits. Have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole and see the pond, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and more. 

Your full-day tour ends in Rotorua or with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Jan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018


Angela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I had a great experience, learned a lot about New Zealand now and then. Two thumbs up for our Driver and Guide Demian. :

Ren F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Loved it! Such a beautiful place that no words can do it justice. Guide was very nice and knowledgeable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Oh my god! A step back in time or a step into a movie set! The Hobbiton experience is a must for any Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan. It can get full of people but watching the sheep grazing and the free beer at the end make it worth it. The Waitomo Caves is a unique experience. There is no other place where you will be able to go into a cave, look up and think that you're looking at the night sky.

Amber B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Must go! The bus driver, Damion, was a wealth of knowledge and the scenery was breathtaking. One of the best experiences I have had on an overseas vacation.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The overall trip was great. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Driver was very informative on the history of New Zealand. Hobbiton was so much fun. The trip took 11 hours but it was worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Wonderful tour and would do it again!! Great first day in Auckland and even though we hit a bit of rain...loved it!! The tour guide was terrific and the company was very professional. Once again Viator always chooses the best companies to partner with!!

Karen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Amazing,informaqtive,coach driver on every area we passed through.The caves were unique and the movie set was like a magical fairyland.

Tamara T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour! We got to do the two most important things to us in this one tour! The countryside was beautiful and we had a wonderful day!

Kim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Hobbiton is a great place to visit. We did a tour and had lunch there, which was delicious. The Waitomo Caves was a unique experience. Our bus driver was fantastic. He told a lot of history about the area and pointed out highlights all along the drive.

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